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“Very pleasant stay”
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Whitsand Bay Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Portwrinkle
Certificate of Excellence
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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92 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Very pleasant stay”
Reviewed January 10, 2013

We stayed for two nights midweek , as we had a wedding in Polhawn fort which is fifteen minutes away. The Edwardian building has kept it's character and was very welcoming.
The bedrooms vary in size, but are very clean and comfortable. There were nine of us staying
and found them very good. Some had twins, otheres double and one was a large room in the eaves which slept four. Obviously there is no lift in a building of this era, but the stairs are very wide and easy to negotiate, but the second floor is not for the unfit. You can upgrade to a sea view room which have some larger rooms with sofas. The lounge area downstairs was really nice to relax or have coffee in ,and have a chat. Lots of comfy settee and chairs. There is also a
nice bar if you want bar meals,or a restaurant. We had sandwiches there but did not eat in the evening as we were going to the wedding, but the meals looked really good. The breakfast was great with a choice of cereals , fruit etc and very nice full english or various combinations. We were well looked after at reception and all the staff were very good to us. I would think it would be lovely to visit on a summer s day as the views are lovely.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 6, 2013

We popped in for a late lunch on 3rd January. We were slightly too late for lunch in the restaurant but they clearly value our custom over the chefs working hours! we were given a very nice table with super-slick freindly service. The waiting staff were just lovely. Crab salad to start followed by liver and bacon and lemon tart to finish. The crab was beautiful. everything was exellent exept portions (I can't believe I'm saying this) were just too generous!!. As a glutton I could hardly walk out!. The only criticism I would have, probably a bit churlish, is that the beautiful oak panelling in the restaurant has been painted with cream? emulsion, but I,m sure this will be improved in due course. All in all a great reasonably priced lunch, no more expensive than an inferior pub.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Devon
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Reviewed January 4, 2013

Have just returned from a 2 night stay which we thoroughly enjoyed. Very relaxing short break. Well worthy of it's Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellance. Fantastic selection of food available for breakfast and dinner. Great value for money. Very friendly and helpful staff.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Mrhoward66, Guest Relations at Whitsand Bay Hotel, responded to this review, January 7, 2013
This is lovely feedback for us all to receive. Thank you
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 4, 2013

We have just had two nights as a family to get away after all the Christmas rush before we begin a new year of work and the hotel provided an elegant relaxing atmosphere with a very comfortable family welcome. It retains its wonderful Edwardian character and the three generations of Philips family who run it offer a welcome that is not too formal and really helps maintain the relaxed mood - including the lovely old labrador. Over our final breakfast (great choices - the local Kippers are particularly good) we realised we had really relaxed as the family had not left the hotel one day during the stay - and thats with two teenagers. It is just 5 minutes from the beach - lots of rock pools and good walks along the coast if you want them. We don't play Golf, but the attached course is obviously popular.
The lounge just invites you to sink into a sofa and take in the marvellous view from the clifftop position over the bay - well worth the extra for the sea view from a room. The beds were very comfortable with lovely crisp linen and the two sea view rooms we booked were spacious with a comfy armchair in the window so you can just sit and look at the sea.
The food is very well cooked and presented - and good value (Dinner for 3 courses about £15, lunch a little less and there are bar snacks too) with a wide selection of dishes per course. We also enjoyed the indoor pool and the steam rooms and sauna - far too relaxed to use the small gym! There were apologies for the cool water temperatiure in the pool but a repair was being organised, so I'm sure its not a normal problem.
There were couples and families staying and it still retained a quiet feel - the only distractions were the many and varied board games - and that view.
You get the impression the family running it are pleased to help you if you just want to ask for something. Quite a special place with such values nowadays.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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cornwall
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Reviewed December 11, 2012

I stayed at the Whitsand Bay Hotel with family back in early spring this year with the help of a voucher from Groupon which made it extremely good value. An ideal location with stunning cliff walks in either direction, my son and I particularly enjoyed the walk to Cawsand a lovely seaside village to stop for lunch.The owners run this hotel in the way that hotels used to be run,caring for their customers and aiming to cater for their every need. Nothing seemed to be too much trouble and this wonderful attitude allied with the location and facilities make it the ideal location for a relaxing break in a forgotten beautiful corner of Cornwall.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
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Dorchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 30, 2012

Our second stay at this hotel did not disappoint. This family run business gives value for money , attention to detail and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay with the dog. Nothing was too much trouble and we were made to feel welcome by all of the staff. The room was spotless and the bed extremely comfortable. How wonderful to wake up to sea views. We will be back !

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Swindon, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 25, 2012

Having stayed at this hotel on a number of occasions since the Family took ownership the overall rating of our most recent visit is undoubtedly affected by memories of exceptional visits in the past.
However, this time the sun shone, the clifftop golf was great (as was the condition of the course) and the room, service levels and staff friendliness were at there usual high standard. The only criticism was that the food this time was only good as opposed to memorable, as it has been in the past.
Great place, great people and at worst good food so well worth a visit.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Mrhoward66, Guest Relations at Whitsand Bay Hotel, responded to this review, November 25, 2012
It was lovely to see you again and perfect sunny weather for a round of golf. Thanks for your feedback which we'll pass directly back to the team. Our warmest regards from Tracey, Paul and all the Phillips family.
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Property: Whitsand Bay Hotel
Address: Portwrinkle PL 11 3BU, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cornwall > Portwrinkle
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Portwrinkle
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Whitsand Bay Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated on the rugged Cornish coastline stands the magnificent Whitsand Bay Hotel. An easy 20-minute drive from the busy maritime city of Plymouth, this spectacular venue is steeped in history and tradition. A welcoming, family run 32 bedroom hotel, the Whitsand Bay offers you the perfect setting to enjoy golf, leisure, fine dinning and a retreat to which you can escape from the stresses and strains of everyday life. ... more   less 
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